Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Aaron Peterson


music, motivation, engagement, choral


The purpose of this study was to determine what motivates and engages students in a choral classroom and ensemble setting. Students were exposed to a variety of music ranging from challenging to more simplistic in nature. In addition, they even had pieces that they may have heard on the radio. The research participants for this study included students in grades 7-12 in a choral ensemble. Students were mixed races, as well as gender. Exposure to music varied depending on age. Older students have been exposed to much more repertoire, as well as much more variety of repertoire in terms of genre and part assignments, while younger students have less exposure and less experience singing choral music. Students were asked to fill out a survey two times during the Spring of 2020. These surveys were planned to coincide with two of the major performances each ensemble had for the year. These surveys were analyzed to determine if and what type of repertoire effects student motivation. The data suggested that music choice is a factor in student motivation and engagement when preparing for a performance. This conclusion will help to guide my repertoire choice in the future that will challenge my students, as well as motivate and engage them in the classroom.